Saturday, January 30, 2016

View From Oyster Creek Inn

On this day last fall I traveled with a friend to Oyster Creek Inn in Leedspoint, NJ.  I snapped a picture whilst walking up the wood planked entrance-way (sort of like a board walk), and used that photo for this painting. 

The Oyster Creek Inn is located in what is now the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.  Why would they let a restaurant be built in a wildlife refuge? Because Oyster Creek Inn was there first! It was established in 1938 and the refuge was established in 1984.

There's a lot of interesting history in this area. You should check it out for yourself if you get the chance.

8x10 oil on gessobord
You can't leave footprints in the sands of time if you're sitting on your butt.  And who wants to leave butt prints in the sands of time?  -  Author unknown

Friday, January 29, 2016

Seagull pit stop

This is a painting I finished a while ago. I wasn't really crazy about it but it sold in an auction and the money went to a very good cause, and that's all right with me! 

9x12 oil on gessobord
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Life is so much brighter when we focus on what truly matters.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tropical Isle

Another day, another study. I started painting palm trees almost a year ago but this one, I think, is the one I like the best. Nice and loose as a goose. 

9x12 oil on gessobord

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Key West Sunset

This painting was a delight to make. So many beautiful colors! I love Key West! 

Special thanks to Key West Sunsets and Sunrises for permission to use their photo for my painting.

9x12 oil on gessobord

If we're not a little bit uncomfortable every day we're not growing.  All the good stuff is outside our comfort zone.  
- Jack Canfield

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Boat on the water, Fire in the sky

It's a good day to paint. Blizzard conditions outside, everyone is home safe and sound, cup of hot coffee and a slab of hummingbird cake. Life is sweet. 

I love this new technique I learned recently. I'm going to use this technique on more paintings. 

Sunsets rock; they make painting even more fun than they already are. 

9x12 oil on gessobord

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.  -  Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, January 10, 2016


This is another one of my favorite outdoor scenes; the ocean. I love capturing the beauty of the light dancing on the water. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

8x10 oil on gessobord

Do more of what makes you happy.  - Abraham-Hicks

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Watch the sun go down and the sea roll in

This tropical setting is from a photo courtesy of Key West Sunsets and Sunrises on FaceBook. Loving the tropical setting and wishing I was there with Aba plein air painting this very minute. 

8x10 oil on gessobord

Searching for my lost shaker of salt...........